An Ordinary Reader Contra Jargon


  1. Anonymous
    Anonymous January 4, 2009 at 7:52 pm .

    No dis taken then. Love is in the web where ‘this is that’ as we scale the word gaze. You the man.

  2. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison January 2, 2009 at 10:34 pm .

    So alcoholics are a subset of drunks? All right.<BR/><BR/>Touché, yes—although EVERYTHING has an essential connection with being <I>anything</I>. Many threads; one web….<BR/><BR/>Didn’t mean, by the way, to dis the mask. Only to say that I’ve had a number of Anons in the comment stream, distinguished by their distinctive styles and concerns.

  3. Anonymous
    Anonymous January 2, 2009 at 9:50 pm .

    You funny, boy. I ain’t sadly confused. I didn’t say ‘drunk’ had anything to do with ‘poet’, I am justly pointing out that a drunk drinks cause he enjoys it, not because he’s addicted. And if you’re trying to say my name Anonymous ‘fits all’, you are mistaken. It fits only me and the quality of my writing, and you may be confused about the definition of a poet, as EVERYTHING has ‘some essential

  4. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison January 2, 2009 at 8:35 pm .

    I don’t usually reply to Anonymous—that one size fits all mask—but in this case, OK. Hyde’s focus is on alcoholics, "alcoholism" (according my Oxford Dictionary) being "an addiction to the consumption of alcoholic liquor or the mental illness and compulsive behavior resulting from alcohol dependency." The key words are "addiction," "compulsive," and "dependency," I think. I love a Bushmill’s on

  5. Anonymous
    Anonymous January 2, 2009 at 8:07 pm .

    RE: your comment elsewhere that included a .pdf link to Hyde’s Berryman essay (a tract for AA, period). What’s the difference between an alcoholic and a drunk? Hyde’s essay misses the other half, us poets who fucking love to drink and who improve with happiness.

  6. S_Allen
    S_Allen January 2, 2009 at 5:01 am .

    I agree that poetry should be written with the reader in mind and written in such a way that all readers can understand the "through-line" without reading vast amounts of material to do so.

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